Executive Referral Groups

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Maryland Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Referral Groups connect small groups of members in non-competing industries that call upon similar customers to share leads, introductions, and discuss best practices.

To be considered for the ERG vetting process, contact Whitney Harmel at (410) 269-0642 x117.


View upcoming meetings and events for the Maryland Chamber ERGs

ERG Leader When Time Upcoming meetings

Karin Schwartz

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Thursday 9-11 a.m. March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th

Ryan Haussmann

Anne Arundel & Prince George’s Counties

2nd Thursday 9-11 a.m. March 14th, April 11th, May 9th, June 13th

John Olenick

Montgomery County & D.C. Metro Area

 2nd Wednesday  8:30-10 a.m. March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th

Andy Dalton

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

1st Tuesday 8:30-10:30 a.m. March 5th, April 2nd, May 7th, June 4th

Gary Ditto

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Monday 2-4 p.m. March 11th, April 8th, May 13th, June 10th

Jennifer Dodson

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Wednesday 8-10 a.m. March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th

Chris Kastendike

Baltimore County & Central Maryland

2nd Wednesday 8-9:30 a.m. March 13th, April 10th, May 8th, June 12th

Randy O’Connor

Montgomery County & D.C. Metro Area

3rd Wednesday 9:30-11:30 a.m. March 20th, April 17th, May 15th, June 19th


I’m motivated by two things: developing happy client relationships and figuring out the puzzle pieces. "
Meet ERG leader Karin Schwartz,
Founder & CEO,
Springboard, LLC
My goal is to grow our business community through strong relationships and successful connections. By building meaningful networks we can create partnerships that drive positive change and mutual growth."
Meet ERG leader Gary Ditto,
Founder & President,
WHO...a staffing company
As a business owner, I experienced how difficult it is to recruit and maintain a strong team. ABBTECH helps connect companies to a flexible workforce and the right candidate."
Meet ERG leader Jennifer Dodson,
Sales and Marketing Business Manager,
It is all about the relationship! I try to understand my customers and future customers not only from the business side, but the personal side. Walk in their shoes, understand their excitements and fears, and get to know them—only then do you build a relationship that endures."
Meet ERG leader John Olenick,
Business Development Manager,
PSA Insurance & Financial Services
I am always increasing my circle of strategic partners and developing business relationships through brand equity, consistently using networking for business development, and introducing my network of contacts to strategic partners increasing profitability for all parties."
Meet ERG leader Randy Farmer-O'Connor,
Managing Director,
Maryland Public Television
We combine executive-level expertise with process improvement approaches to incorporate cybersecurity into enterprise-wide organizational culture."
Meet ERG leader Andy Dalton,
Executive Account Manager,
Continental Technologies, Inc.
My goal will always be to change the way people think about the insurance industry from an outdated, commodity driven marketplace to a value added partnership with an emphasis on protection through risk management. "
Meet ERG leader Chris Kastendike,
Kastendike Insurance Group
I am an entrepreneurial and innovative thinker, striving to advance humanitarian business principals."
Meet ERG leader Ryan Haussmann,
Assistant Vice President, Commercial Banking Officer,
Howard Bank